How did people learn to measure time (LS-PL-103)


‘How did people learn to measure time’ is a learning scenario that can be used by students that have never tried Europeana before. It was implemented with 12-year-old students. They are students with some technical background and they use technologies to study, research and present individual or group work.

When using Europeana for these types of activities, the resources usually selected are literature books and journals, images and posters. Others, such as news, videos or documentaries can also be selected.

What is the meaning of time?

The aim of the lesson is to make students realise what time is and what consequences it brings into people’s lives.

The other objectives are:

  • To encourage students to use their creativity, browse on Europeana and other websites for suitable materials;
  • To develop students’ digital and social skills.

The main aim of this interdisciplinary project is to produce an exhibition. There, attendants can familiarise with history of clocks and measuring time. The use of multimedia to edit resources is unlimited and programs can be explored by students as long as they meet the learning scenario requirements.

Students can develop their skills as writers, communicators, researchers, designers or artists and use special effects skills and sound mixers. The multimedia experience allows them to explore the music, the costumes and even the gastronomy of the time, in the context of the book.

The use of these types of programs and tools can also be an advantage for students. it gives them a sense of how to use these multimedia resources to deepen a study, organize information and present it effectively.

During the teamwork, students had an opportunity to discuss the differences between the historical clocks, as well as the tech tools that should be used to measure the time. All the members of the group participated in and took on the functions they felt best suited for. Overall, the organization and time management took an important role and the goal of the study was always kept clear.

The students had an opportunity to present their work and had self-assessment as well as peer assessment.

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